Month: February 2013
When Jeff Rice, Senior Director of Sustainability at Walmart, confesses that consumer response to their progressive environmental strategy is virtually non-existent, the reality becomes clear that, more than 10 years into the modern sustainability movement, we are pedaling uphill, against the wind.
Just when it seemed that ALEC could go no lower than trying to do away with clean energy, they have turned their attention to our children. Three states are considering bills that call for a “balanced” approach to the teaching of climate science in schools, meaning, of course, that there are equal parts doubt and fact and lots of repetition of the notion that it is “only a theory.”
A study conducted by Oceana, an international advocacy group, found that 33 percent of the seafood samples analyzed were mislabeled according to guidelines by the FDA.
Earlier this month the SEC allowed a climate change proposal to remain on PNC’s proxy ballots. This decision reversed an earlier approach the SEC had, where it allowed financial services and insurance companies to exclude similar climate change resolutions from their shareholder because they concerned what the SEC called “ordinary business.”
Winters always lead to a peak in wasted water, as people let their shower water run for minutes on end as they wait for it to become warm. But not anymore, thanks to an invention by Israeli students that conserves and reroutes cold water.
Australia’s Ambre Energy has big plans to open two coal train export terminals in Washington and Oregon, but a number of financial woes for the company, including money-losing coal mines, large write-offs for failed overseas ventures, major liabilities for mine cleanup and pensions, troubled assets, high borrowing costs, and a need for $1 billion in new capital to make its coal projects financially viable, might cause it to grind to a halt.
Companies often face trade-offs when evaluating the environmental impacts of a product. Whereas a nutritional label reports calories, fat content, and the like, LCA reports deal in climate change impacts, acidification, ozone depletion, and so on. Trade-offs are inherent, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Fledge’s second round of “fledglings” gather at HUB Seattle and take their first steps in a ten-week journey that will take them from the the concept stage to functioning businesses.
Macy’s joins the Better Buildings Challenge to help motivate property owners to invest in energy efficient upgrades for older buildings by contributing its experience and data to a shared national knowledge pool.
Jennifer Scholze, Senior Director, Sustainability Solutions Product Safety and Stewardship for SAP, explains how SAP is working with women in Ghana as part of the Ghana Shea Value Chain Initiative.
It is proxy season again. This is the time of the year when shareholder activism gets public attention with investors trying to help companies connect the dots between sustainability, growth opportunities, risk management and better performance overall.